Gifts at Work

Darlene Marcos Shiley, chair of USD’s board of trustees, along with her husband Donald, pledged $1 million to the new home of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, capping off the institution’s historic $206 million Campaign for the University of San Diego. This gift bookends the campaign’s earliest leadership gift of $10 million made by the Shileys toward the construction of the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology.

Trustee Richard K. Davis and his wife Theresa pledged $250,000 to support USD’s emerging Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, adding to $150,000 contributed by Stephen G. Julesgaard, bringing the total contributed so far to the center to $1.25 million.

Bert Degheri
Bert Degheri

With a generous response to a special challenge grant from the Ackerman Foundation, the donor-directed Orca Fund at the San Diego Foundation has pledged $200,000 to SOLES’ Non-Profit Leadership and Management Program.

The Fred J. Hansen Foundation contributed $190,000 in support of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s Women PeaceMakers program.

The estate of the late William A. Moller provided more than $241,000 to establish the Moller Endowed Scholarship Fund in the School of Law.

At last month’s 2008 Alumni Honors gala, Bert Degheri ’61 was honored as the charter member of USD’s newest donor recognition level, Order of Alcalá, as the first graduate to have contributed $10 million in total gifts during his lifetime. Since 1984, Bert and his wife Patti have generously donated to a wide variety of campus programs and projects.